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Harold Edward DePrey and Merlin Francis Hillman Records

Military and family records and documents of Harold Edward DePrey and Merlin Francis Hillman. Generously contributed by Allison DePrey Singleton, and used here with permission.

Harold Edward DePrey was born on September 29, 1922 to Minnie (Cole) and Edward Charles DePrey in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was raised on LaSalle Street with his parents and older brother, Robert. He enlisted in the military on December 2, 1942. He was trained as a radio operator at the Signal Corps Training School and became an instructor for other radio operators during the war. Click here to read his full biography.

Merlin Francis Hillman was born on July 21, 1926 to Mable (McKee) and Glen Raymond Hillman in Connersville, Indiana. He was raised with his two sisters and one brother. Merlin (Mike) enlisted into the United States Army Signal Corps on January 13, 1944 in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in the South Pacific and was an aviation mechanic with the Marine Fighting Squadron 413 (VMB 413). His service took him to many different places including China. He was a proud Marine to the day he died. Click here to read his full biography.

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3 Unknown Male Adults


Harold Edward DePrey


SY From Christmas


2 Servicemen Holding A Goat


Box


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Unknown Structure


Unknown Serviceman In Jeep


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Unknown Statues


Nipa Bar


Nipa Bar


Nipa Bar


Club Savali


Club Savali


Club Savali


Club Savali


Club Savali


Club Savali


Club Savali


Harold Edward DePrey in Bed


Marina Sales Standing


Marina Sales Standing


Harold Edward DePrey Standing Under Juel Field Sign


Unknown Adult Male Lying in Hammock


Harold Edward DePrey


Unknown Serviceman Sitting Down on a Cot


One Unknown Serviceman and Harold Edward DePrey


Unknown Male Adult Standing in Front of a Jeep


Two Unknown Servicemen Standing in Front of a Tent


Unknown Adult Male Standing in Front of a Tree


Three Unknown Servicemen and Harold Edward DePrey (third from left)


Three Unknown Servicemen and Harold Edward DePrey (third from left)


Three Unknown Servicemen and Harold Edward DePrey (back right)


Several Unknown Adults and Harold DePrey holding up toliet paper


Building Rubble


Building Rubble with Truck


Harold DePrey Standing in Front of Destroyed Building


Two Unknown Servicemen and Harold DePrey in the middle


Two Unknown Servicemen and Harold DePrey in the middle


Two Unknown Servicemen and Harold DePrey in the middle


Harold DePrey Sitting at a Desk


Harold DePrey Sitting at a Desk


Harold DePrey Sitting at a Desk


Four Unknown Servicemen and One Woman Standing Outside


Harold DePrey on the left and Three Unknown Servicemen Standing Outside


Two Unknown Males and Harold DePrey in the middle Standing Outside


Two Unknown Males Standing Outside


One Unknown Servicemen and Harold DePrey on the Right Standing


Harold DePrey in the front Left and Four Unknown Servicemen Kneeling


Two Unknown Servicemen standing in Front of a Texaco Gas Station


Unknown Serviceman Saluting with a Tree Behind Him


Unknown Serviceman Standing Inside of a Tent


Unidentified Airplane


Eight Unknown Servicemen and Harold DePrey in the Back Center Sitting in Front of a Building


Unknown Native Standing in Front of a Building


Harold DePrey on Left and Unknown Servicemen Sitting for a Picture


Eight Unknown Servicemen and Harold DePrey in the Back Center Sitting in Front of a Building


Bridge in Unknown Location


Three Unknown Servicemen and Harold DePrey Second from Left Standing


Two Unknown Servicemen Standing


One Unknown Serviceman


One Unknown Serviceman


One Unknown Serviceman


One Unknown Serviceman In Front of a Building


One Unknown Serviceman In Front of a Building


One Unknown Serviceman In Front of a Building


Unknown Serviceman In Jeep


Unknown Serviceman by Water


Harold DePrey Rowing a Boat


Unknown Serviceman Standing


Unknown Serviceman Leaning on Chair


Harold DePrey Smiling


Unknown Serviceman Sitting


Unknown Serviceman on Radio


Two Unknown Servicemen on Radio


Two Unknown Servicemen and Harold DePrey on Right Standing in Front of Building


Four Unknown Servicemen Standing


Three Unknown Servicemen Standing


Six Unknown Servicemen Standing and Sitting


Unknown Serviceman on Radio


Stream In Unknown Location


Unknown Building T1234


Unknown Male Standing


Harold DePrey Standing


Unknown Male Standing in Front of a Tent


Two Unknown Males Hugging


Harold DePrey In Front of a Building


One Unknown Male and Harold DePrey on Right Kneeling


Harold DePrey with Terry DePrey circa 1958


Harold DePrey Standing in Front of a Tent


Two Unknown Males Holding Material


Harold DePrey on the Left and One Unknown Male Holding Material


Unknown Male on Hammock


Unknown Male on Hammock


Two Unknown Men and Harold DePrey on the Right in Front of Tent with Cigars


Walt Deiterle, Bill Hewitt, Harold DePrey, and Joe Engers Kneeling in Front of Tent


Bill Hewitt, Joe Engers, and Harold DePrey Kneeling in Front of Fence that Spells Out Names Hal Bill Joe and Walt


Harold DePrey, Joe Engers, and Bill Hewitt in Front of Fence that Spells Out Names Hal Bill Joe and Walt


Harold DePrey with Pipe in Front of Tent 3 Dits in a Daw


Harold DePrey in Front of Tent 3 Dits in a Daw


Unknown Male Shaving


Unknown Male on Ladder


Two Unknown Servicemen on the Radio


One Unknown Serviceman on Typewriter and One at Desk


One Unknown Serviceman and Harold DePrey on Radio


Harold DePrey Second from Right in the Front and Joe Engers Far Right in the Front and Five Unknown Servicemen


Hut with Hal, Bill, Joe, and Walt in the Fence


Two Unknown Servicemen smoking Cigarettes


Two Unknown Servicemen and Harold DePrey Eating Standing


Two Unknown Males standing in Water


Two Unknown Males Standing


Four Unknown Males Sitting and Harold DePrey Standing on a Crate in the Water


Four Unknown Males in Water


Two Unknown Males


Six Unknown Servicemen Sitting in a Jeep with a Star On It


Harold DePrey Kneeling in Back, Unknown Man, and Joe Engers Standing With Swim Trunks


Unknown Male with Suit


Harold DePrey Dancing With Unknown Female


Seven Unknown Servicemen in Front of Structure


Unknown Male Standing in Front of a Tent


Unknown Male Standing in Front of a Tent


Several Unknown Structures


Several Unknown Structures


Harold DePrey Sitting on a Step


Unknown Male Sitting on a Step


One Unknown Male and Harold DePrey on Right Standing at Palm Palace


Unknown Male Standing at Palm Palace


Unknown Male Standing at Palm Palace


Harold DePrey Standing at Palm Palace


Harold DePrey Standing


Two Unknown Males Sitting


One Unknown Male and Harold DePrey on Right With Cigars


Two Unknown Males, Harold DePrey Second from Right and Joe Engers on Far Right Standing


Harold DePrey Painting Railing With the Name Hal


Harold DePrey on the Left and One Unknown Male Painting Railing With the Names Hal Bill and Joe at 3 Dits and a Daw


Unknown Male Painting Railing With the Name Joe


Two Unknown Males


Three Unknown Males at 3 Dits and a Daw


Three Unknown Males at 3 Dits and a Daw


Harold DePrey on Far Left and Three Unknown Males at 3 Dits and a Daw


Harold DePrey Kneeling in Front and Three Unknown Males at 3 Dits and a Daw


Three Unknown Males


Three Unknown Males


Harold DePrey on Left and One Unknown Male


Harold DePrey on Left and One Unknown Male


Joe Engers, Bill Hewitt, and Harold DePrey


Harold DePrey in Coat


Snow in Unknown Location


Harold DePrey in Water


Two Unknown Males Sawing


Two Unknown Males in Water


Unknown Male Sawing


Bill Hewitt, Joe Engers, and Harold DePrey in Swimsuits Eating and Drinking


One Unknown Male, Bill Hewitt, and Harold DePrey in Swimsuits


Hymo-Gene Stailey DePrey on Far Left with Beer and Two Unknown Females Sitting on Couch and Two Unknown Males Sitting on Floor


Train In Snow


Two Unknown Males and Harold DePrey on Right Sitting at a Kitchen Table


Harold DePrey on Ladder Hammering


Two Unknown Males Holding Material


Purple Stamp Passed By Army Base back of Item number 0172


Harold DePrey Painting Railing With the Name Hal


Purple Stamp Passed By Army Base 2446 Examiner


Harold DePrey


Purple Stamp Passed By Army Base 2446 Examiner


Harold DePrey in Hammock


Purple Stamp Passed By Army Base 1502 Examiner


Two Unknown Servicemen Using Radios


Blue Stamp Approved For Mailing


Four Unknown Males Sitting and Harold DePrey Standing on a Crate in the Water


Purple Stamp Passed By Army Base 2436 Examiner


Unknown Male Jumping Into Water


Purple Stamp Passed By Army Base 2452 Examiner


Our Tent Boys


Our Tent Boys


New Guinea_Native Village June _44 Don't look too close or you_ll hurt your eyes


New Guinea_Native Village June _44 Don't look too close or you_ll hurt your eyes


New Guinea_Native Village June_44 Three of the boys_ Harrison_ Bill_ Myself_ and Rody


New Guinea_Native Village June _44 Three of the boys_ Harrison_ Bill_Myself_ and Rody


Flip Boys_ I and Joe


Flip Boys_ I and Joe


Sgt Joe and Myself


Sgt Joe and Myself


Instructors, Harold DePrey in the Middle of Back Row


Instructors


Joe_ Sg_ the Tent Boy Shining Our Shoes and Yours Truly


Joe_ Sg_ the Tent Boy Shining Our Shoes and Yours Truly


Oct_13 Sun Morn at a stop South of Manila in Laguna Province_ In the center with Bill and Joe in the Forgound


Oct_ 13 Sun Morn at a stop South of Manila in Laguna Province_ In the center with Bill and Joe in the Forgound


Oct_ 13 Near Laguna Provience on a 2 mi lake_ Pro _ Ball player_ Joe Brizer Bill Hewitt Chuck Stier and myself eating a coca_nut


Oct_ 13 Near Laguna Provience on a 2 mi lake_ Pro _ Ball player_ Joe Brizer Bill Hewitt Chuck Stier and myself eating a coca_nut


Australia HD Bill _ Ohio Joe_Baltimore


Australia HD Bill _ Ohio Joe_Baltimore


Our Mail Clerk_ Horis


Our Mail Clerk_ Horis


Red Cross Mobile Timed Perf_ After A Game New Guinea May _45


Red Cross Mobile Timed Perf After A Game New Guinea May _45


New Guinea_River Stream May _44 One Method in washing with Diets assistance, Walt Dieterle


New Guinea_River Stream May _44 One Method in washing with Diets assistance


Barrel Chest_Diet_in Front of the plate instead of in Back_ But He Didnt Stay There Long_ N_ Guinea May _45, Walt Dieterle


Barrel Chest_Diet_in Front of the plate instead of in Back_ But He Didnt Stay There Long_ N_ Guinea May _45


Little Joe Swinging a Big Bat_ and What A Connection_ Samboga Stadium N_ Guinea May _45, Joe Engers


Little Joe Swinging a Big Bat_ and What A Connection_ Samboga Stadium N_ Guinea May _ 45


_Jack_ at 1st Base But Missed The Runner _ How Could He Miss_ Samboga Stadium New Guinea May _45


_Jack_ at 1st Base But Missed The Runner _ How Could He Miss_ Samboga Stadium New Guinea May _45


Badminton Court Joe_ Myself (Harold DePrey) and List_ Rec Hall in Backgd_ New Guinea April _45


Badminton Court Joe_ Myself and List_ Rec Hall in Backgd_ New Guinea April _45


A Sunday Ride Aug _ 1944 New Guinea


A Sunday Ride Aug _ 1944 New Guinea


Harold DePrey


Illegible Writing


Oct_ 9 1942 West Va


Oct_ 9 1942 West Va


Oct_ 9 1942


Oct_ 9 1942


Oct_ 9 1942, Harold DePrey


Oct_ 9 1942


One of Jimmy_s My grandson Jimmy is in Italy write me such lovely letters


One of Jimmy_s My grandson Jimmy is in Italy write me such lovely letters


Camp Crowder, Harold DePrey


Camp Crowder


1st Sgt_ Orsta 1st Sgt_ Lucas Bill Vern Myself (Harold DePrey)


1st Sgt_ Orsta 1st Sgt_ Lucas Bill Vern Myself


Camp Crowder _ 1943


Camp Crowder _ 1943


Me in Yokohama


Me in Yokohama


Camp Crowder _ 1943


Camp Crowder _ 1943


Camp Crowder _ 1943


Camp Crowder _ 1943


Camp Crowder _ 1943, Harold DePrey in Middle Back Row


Camp Crowder _ 1943


Camp Crowder_ Mo _ 1943


Camp Crowder_ Mo _ 1943


Camp Crowder_ Mo _ 1943


Camp Crowder_ Mo _ 1943


Camp Crowder_ Mo, Harold DePrey


Camp Crowder_ Mo


Camp Crowder


Camp Crowder


Buzz Bill Hewitt Joe Engers


Buzz Bill Hewitt Joe Engers


G Minnick _ 1937


G Minnick _ 1937


Back in Guinea _ on the trip to the plantation 1945


Back in Guinea _ on the trip to the plantation 1945


New Guinea Feb _45, Harold DePrey


New Guinea Feb _45


Swinging Bridge at Wacco_ Historical Spot


Swinging Bridge at Wacco_ Historical Spot


BUNA _ Note the tree tops _ shelled


BUNA _ Note the tree tops_ shelled


Camp Crowder_ MO


Camp Crowder_ MO


Camp Crowder_ 1943


Camp Crowder_ 1943


Camp Crowder_ Mo_ 1943, Harold DePrey in Middle Back Row


Camp Crowder_ Mo_ 1943


Camp Crowder_ Mo_ 1943 Co_ A _ Basic, Harold DePrey Leaning on Handrail on Left


Camp Crowder_ Mo_ 1943 Co_ A _ Basic


Camp Crowder_ Mo_ Mess Line 1943


Camp Crowder_ Mo_ Mess Line 1943


Left to Right 1st row (Back Row) Lt Young, Bill, Dupe(Harold DePrey), Meade, Olly and Bushy _ 2nd row Sweeney, Harrision, Gordon, Joe and Whiteman


Left to Right 1st row Lt Young, Bill, Dupe, Meade, Olly and Bushy_ 2nd row Sweeney, Harrision, Gordon, Joe and Whiteman


Place _ Broad St_ Newark_ N J Time _ 7 00 pm Jan 30th _ 1944 Harold Ash and Harold DePrey


Place _ Broad St _ Newark _ N J Time _ 7 00 pm Jan 30th_ 1944 Harold Ash and Harold DePrey


Harold DePrey, Art - The native, and Buzz New Guinea


Art _ The native Buzz New Guinea


That s Me (Harold DePrey)


That s Me


Phillippines May _ 1945


Phillippines May _ 1945


Field Nets Operation N Guinea _45 (Harold DePrey)


Field Nets Operation N Guinea _45


Fishing Trip Yaht Basin Manila Bay and Corriedigor (Harold DePrey Holding Fish)


Fishing Trip Yaht Basin Manila Bay and Corriedigor


Oct 24_ 1945 In Front of the Club Sawali, Myself (Harold DePrey), Marina, Aurora, Walt


Oct 24_ 1945 In Front of the Club Sawali, Myself (Harold DePrey), Marina, Aurora, Walt


1943 Harold DePrey


1943


Harold (DePrey) and Leo Sullivan


Harold and Leo Sullivan


Kansas 3_4_44


Kansas 3_4_44


Wyoming 3_4_44


Wyoming 3_4_44


Nevada 3_6_44


Nevada 3_6_44


3_5_1944


3_5_1944


3_6_44 The Rockies


3_6-44 The Rockies


3_6_1944


3_6_1944


California 3_7_44


California 3_7_44


Our barracks in Australia J8 was the number 4/5/44


Our barracks in Australia J_8 was the number 4_5_44


At Camp Wood N J in Feb 44 Walt Dieterle and Harold DePrey


At Camp Wood_ N J in Feb_ 44 Dieterle _Diet_ and myself


Camp Wood Special in February during snow fall First Row L to R Joe Engers, Walt Dieterle 2nd Row L to R Harold DePrey, Bill Hewitt


Camp Wood Special in February during snow fall_ First Row _ L to R Joe Engers Walt Dieterle _Diet_ 2nd Row _ L to R _I_ Bill Hewitt


Camp Wood N J Feb 44 Walt Dieterle and Joe Engers


Camp Wood_ N J Feb _ 44 Diet and Joe


Camp Wood Feb 44 Joe Engers and Walt Dieterle


Camp Wood _ Feb _ 44 Joe and Diet


Camp Wood Feb 44 Joe Engers Partner at Monmouth in instructing Still together


Camp Wood _ Feb_ 44_ Joe _Pop_ Engers Partner at Monmouth in instructing_ Still together


Joe Engers, Harold DePrey Camp Wood in Feb


Joe Engers Myself Camp Wood in Feb


Camp Wood N J Feb 44 Homer Harrison and Walt Dieterle


Camp Wood_ N J _ Feb 44 _ Harrison and Diet


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